Belfry of Mons, Mons

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The belfry of Mons is one of the more recent among the belfries of Belgium and France. This belfry, classified in Belgium since 15 January 1936, belongs to the major cultural patrimony of Wallonia. and is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1 December 1999. It is the only one in Belgium that is constructed in baroque style. With an altitude of 87 meters, it dominates the city of Mons, which is constructed on a hill itself.HistoryThe building was designed by architecture Louis Ledoux. He led the works from 1662 until his death in 1667. The work was continued from 1667 to 1669 by Vincent Anthony. This belfry is both a prestigious construction and a functional building as it served to warn in case of fire or, during the Second World War, to give alerts against incoming bombardments.CharacteristicsThe belfry of Mons does not have all possible belfry characteristics like the presence of a jail or rooms serving the Justice department, but the Hainaut province is not a region with belfries that are as typical as the ones in Belgian Flanders and in French Flanders.It houses a carillon with 49 bells.From the top of the building, the battlefield of the Battle of Mons can be observed, as well as the Borinage, the plains of the Haine and the hills and hillocks at the side of it, the cement factories and the terrils of the old coal mines of the "Levant of Mons" in Bray (Binche).
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  • The belfry is the emblem of the city of Mons, but the price of the tour seems very exaggerated. We prefer from Lille or even of Tournai (matter of taste probably) below, there is a small park.
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  • It is a wonderful discovery after many years of waiting. After elevator access, it overlooks the city of Mons with a 360 degree view. This technology allows to close all around. A real success! The belfry, of 88 meters in height and baroque civil architecture, stands in a park shaded, full of quiet and dominating the city of Mons. See preferably in fine weather.
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  • Indeed, until November 12, 2017, we can not only enjoy the belfry, but also be aware of what the great Victor thought of Mons. During the expo, we discover a letter written to his wife (Adele) superb! Otherwise, the rest is to be seen. The height and... endless markets.
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  • Great tower with good views of Mons. The tower garden is a breathing spot also with good views of Mons.
  • Way overrated. Don't let the beauty of the outside fool you into visiting the inside. Recently renovated so that means no old constructions remaining. Really expensive and short visit.
  • Fantastic architecture, beautifully situated.
  • Very nice to see but the visit is expensive for it's really worth! As a reminder, this is an empty tower, not a castle dungeon, so there's nothing to see inside. Enjoy the park surrounding it on a sunny day and at night when the color lights are on. UPDATE : forget my above comments and visit on a Sunday at 1:30PM when the bells are ringing, you'll be able to witness the musician playing these bells.
  • Get there on the hour to watch the amazing clockworks spring into action! The kids loved it!

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Where to stay in Mons

Despite its close proximity to the capital, Mons attracts enough visitors in its own right to offer a small variety of accommodation options. You'll find mostly small, independent hotels clustered in the compact city center and, if you look carefully, a modest selection of low-budget lodgings. To cut costs, consider staying in Brussels and making the short trip by train for the day.
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